The MCNY School for Business Alumni Network was established to strengthen alumni relations through purposeful activities and to be a driving force in the development of marketing, institutional advancement and admissions outreach programs. To achieve this, the members of the Alumni Network will work in partnership with the past and present graduates of the Metropolitan College of New York School for Business and/or School for Management, Business Programs community to develop necessary resources to move Metropolitan College of New York into the select group of premier small colleges.
The School for Business Alumni Network is open to all graduates who are considered alumni by Metropolitan College of New York School for Business (or the Business Programs of the School for Management) by having met and satisfied all of the academic requirements and standards necessary for successful completion of one of its various degree programs, and/or have been recognized by the College as honorary School for Business alumni. We encourage all graduates on the Associates, Bachelor and MBA levels to join the Network and become active in one of the various committees.
The School for Business Alumni Network has 6 standing committees that serve as the organizational structure through which alumni can get involved. They include the Executive Committee, the Career Advisory Network Committee; Events, Communication and Marketing Committee, Fundraising/Scholarship Committee; a Membership, Outreach, Diversity and Young Alumni Committee; and, the Global Business, Curriculum and Entrepreneurship Committee.
It is anticipated that regular general meetings will be held the 2nd Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. It is also anticipated that formal elections of the full Board will be held in September.
Interim Executive Board/Committee Members
Gerson Gibbs, MBA Media Management '10
Currently the owner of Elite Musik Group, an independent label devoted to the creation of unique and innovative hip-hop, pop, and R&B music located in Williamsburg Brooklyn, N.Y. Gerson is also one of the leading artists under Elite's roster. Outside of his artistic endeavors Gerson is also a financial consultant and adjunct professor at Metropolitan College of New York's School of Business. Gerson's core competencies are business planning and financial consultation, and his overall goal is to merge the gap between artistry and finance by developing new means of revenue in these volatile music and financial industries.
Gary Cambridge, MBA Media Management '09
Presently in the final series of courses for a D.B.A. (Doctor of Business Administration) in Technology Entrepreneurship, Gary has over 14 years of professional Information Technology experience, and has worked in both for-profit and non-profit organizations spanning various industries. Serving in diverse roles as web developer/architect, systems analyst, project manager, and most recently adjunct instructor have contributed to shaping his worldview. When he is not working with clients through his company Redwand Ventures, Gary enjoys spending time with his wife of 14 years and four children, or improving his short game on one of New York City's public golf courses.
Patricia Newton, MBA General Management
Currently an officer at one of the largest Swiss Banks; has over twenty-five years of experience working with international financial institutions and trust companies that are involved in every aspect of wealth management. Her corporate experience includes but is not limited to marketing of business concepts through graphic design and power point presentation to investors in Fortune Five Hundred companies such as UBS Investment Bank, Bessemer Trust Company, Fiduciary Trust, and Credit Suisse. As a poet, she received a Fellowship Award in Mass Communications and Journalism from Kent State University and is in the process of publishing her book "Memoirs of an Only Child My Truth Not Yours". Ms. Newton is a Mentor in the MCNY Mentor and Leadership Development Program and currently serves as an Ambassador for the School of Business advertising campaign, appearing on the New York City Transit System and television commercials. She is also an Adjunct Professor for the MCNY School for Business and the MCNY School for Human Services.
Shana Melius, MA, MBA Media Management '09, PhD Candidate '15
Born in Manhattan, raised in the Bronx and Winston-Salem, NC, and coming from an entrepreneurial family where both grandfathers owned their own businesses, Shana found out at an early age that leadership was in her destiny. Shana began her career in the music industry at The Inc Records (formerly Murder Inc. Records) in 2001 as a manger's assistant for Grammy winning artist Ja Rule. In 2004 she started the Mac-Melius Agency, a publicity and photography firm, with now husband Brett Melius, where they have worked with celebrities such as Kansas City Chiefs Thomas Jones, artist Lil Kim, DJ Clue, just to name a few. Shana had a unique mission. While her initial Constructive Action was for her PR Firm, Mac-Melius Agency, through the support of MCNY instructors, Shana changed her CA to her not-for-profit Preserve Our Legacy, Inc. Shana's life mission to save millions of lives through Preserve Our Legacy, by educating people about the benefits of stems cells and the treatment options they provide through bone marrow and cord blood.
Meli Pennington, MBA Media Management '10
Meli is an internationally recognized makeup artist and writer on beauty and culture. Her signature makeup looks have graced the pages of Elle, Teen Vogue, and Allure magazine, and her celebrity clients include Alanis Morissete, Cindy Lauper, and Donna Karan. Since earning her MBA she was a producer on the independent feature film “All That Glitters” and recently founded the website Wild Beauty, an insider's exploration of the history and practices of beauty which is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each week. She lives in Chelsea with her husband.
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